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Vancouver strata lawyer fights Airbnb, one letter at a time (BC)

A Vancouver lawyer who specializes in condo strata law is preparing a class-action lawsuit against Airbnb on behalf of strata councils across British Columbia who have struggled to shut down unauthorized short term rental listings. The class action may end

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Restrictive Covenants: The Impact on Washington Condo Owners

In 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued a significant decision related to restrictive covenants affecting condominium units. It reaffirmed the importance of timely challenging of an amendment to condominium covenants, in particular for a restrictive covenant imposing a rental cap

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Strata Sorrows for Opponents of AirBNB

The Tribunal responsible for determining strata disputes in NSW recently ruled in favour of an applicant who had challenged a by-law enacted in her strata scheme which had the effect of banning short-term letting in the building. She had been

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Legal Issues Surrounding the Rise of Short-Term Rentals (NY)

In recent years, vacation rentals and other short-term rentals have become incredibly popular. Homeowners can gain some extra income and travelers can enjoy relatively inexpensive accommodations. The most prominent short-term rental business is, of course, Airbnb. Other short-term rental businesses

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Condo War Breaks Out On Maui When Homes Become Hotels (HI)

A long-simmering dispute on Maui over the rights of a minority of apartment owners who don’t participate in a Kaanapali condominium’s hotel rental program has resulted in an arbitrator’s ruling that could force changes in the way condo-hotels, now a

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Vacation Rentals in Your HOA

Vacation rentals are booming, and HOAs are struggling to keep up with the impact on the communities that they govern. Vacation rentals are a lucrative business. From 2015 to 2016, Airbnb doubled revenue, with an estimated $12.3 billion in reservations.1

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Victoria cracks down on ‘ghost hotels’; some short-term rentals not allowed (BC)

Victoria city council took action against so-called “ghost hotels” on several fronts Thursday, changing the landscape for condo owners and others who rent out suites and houses through online platforms such as Airbnb.  Changes disallowing short-term rentals of less than

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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of HOA in Short-Term Rental Ban

Short-term rental websites such as AirBNB, Booking.com, FlipKey, HomeAway, Homestay, House Trip, Roomorama, Tripping.com, Trivago, VBRO and VayStays have become an increasing concern for Michigan condominium and homeowner’s associations that are populated by full time residents. The rise of short-term

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Will Short-Term Rentals Be Limited in Northern Michigan?

Among members of lake associations, condo associations and local zoning boards, setting limits and operating rules for short-term rentals has long been part of the conversation—sometimes contentiously so. But online booking services like the longtime player Vacation Rental by Owner

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Short Term Rentals: How It Affects Homeowner Associations

Short-term rentals are homes that are rented out through companies such as Airbnb which alone is valued at about $24 billion. Other, smaller companies such as VRBO, Housetrip, and Roomorama play similar roles in providing homes to vacationers that from

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Short-term Rentals Create Ongoing Concerns for Condo Associations

The short-term rental of residential property is producing long-term concerns. Those concerns, which were just emerging when I wrote about this issue three years ago, have grown exponentially as short-term vacation rentals have ballooned, creating what is now a $34

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Vbro & Airbnb: What You Need To Know – The Business Of Short-Term Rentals Is No Business At All

In a recent Rembaum’s Association Roundup article regarding Florida’s newest non-native invasion of overnight rentals through Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) and AirBnB, we discussed what an association can do in order to protect its community from becoming the newest

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Laguna Woods Village homeowners association bans short-term rentals (CA)

The United Mutual board unanimously approved revisions to the qualifiers for subleasing manors regarding short-term rentals, targeted at online, vacation-style rentals such as Airbnb, at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The revisions come after increases in illegal occupant violations

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Montrealer sole resident of condo building after other units rented on Airbnb

Andrew Chapman lives in a nine-unit condo building converted from a boutique hotel in downtown Montreal near the busy Berri metro station, a desirable home in a desirable area of an internationally popular city.  So much so, that Chapman has

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Cambridge moves to restrict short-term rentals (MA)

In the absence of a state strategy to regulate short-term housing rentals, the Cambridge City Council voted Monday night to require hosts to live in the same or an adjacent building as part of a new set of rules designed

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Airbnb rentals flourish in South Loop, despite city ordinance (IL)

Despite Chicago’s ordinance limiting the use of Airbnb, some South Loop condo owners said their building has been inundated with people using the popular site, particularly over the busy Lollapalooza weekend.  People came from all over the world to Chicago

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Truckee-area HOA considering short-term rental limits (CA)

Short-term rental use is on the rise in Tahoe-Truckee, but that may not be the case for long in at least one local neighborhood.  The Glenshire Devonshire Residents Association is considering adopting regulations that would limit the use short-term rental

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Condo Smarts: Victoria city council requests changes to the Strata Property Act

Dear Tony: Is it true that the government is going to cancel the ability of strata corporations to enforce any type of rental limitation or restriction bylaws?  Our strata is a 50-unit apartment building in Victoria and we permit five

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Debating Future of Airbnb in Fairfax County Supervisors are considering updating its zoning ordinance to allow short-term rentals (VA)

Right now, there are more than 300 rentals available in Fairfax County through Airbnb — all illegal.  Airbnb, which is a lodging reservation website, is just one company that gives its users the ability to list spare rooms, apartments or

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Victoria councillor looks to ban strata prohibitions on rentals (BC)

Strata councils should not be allowed to prohibit long-term rentals, a Victoria councillor says.  Coun. Ben Isitt proposed the city ask the province to change legislation so rentals could not be prohibited by strata councils. Under his proposal, strata councils

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HB 4503 and SB 329: Recent Skirmishes Regarding Short-Term Rentals and Their Effect on Community Associations

Tourism is a major part of the Michigan economy and its significance continues to grow. From 2010 through 2014 tourism employment growth even outpaced overall state employment growth. Further, for each month between 2015 and 2017, Michigan’s visitor occupancy rate

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Strata building by-laws restricting short-stay letting, including Airbnb, declared ‘invalid’ by Fair Trading

All by-laws restricting Airbnb and other short-stay letting in residential-only apartment blocks are invalid, according to NSW Fair Trading.  Only weeks before the discussion paper on new holiday letting legislation is released, Fair Trading has modified its Strata Living handbook

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Airbnb issue tough nut to crack for Victoria city council (BC)

Rental vacancy rates near zero, along with a mounting lobby from strata councils and the hospitality industry, is bringing increased pressure on Victoria city council to limit online platforms such as Airbnb.   Hotel managers and tourism representatives have spoken

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Airbnb, state of Michigan agree to new tax structure

San Francisco-based Airbnb and the state of Michigan have agreed that the online room-rental platform will now collect and pay a use tax.  Under the agreement, starting July 1, Airbnb will collect a 6 percent tax from users of the

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Will Toronto’s Proposed Airbnb Regulation Help Condos?

Last week, Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a draft plan to regulate Airbnb. Amongst important changes, Toronto proposes the creation of a new zoning by-law and the adoption of new licensing and registration requirements. It also proposed to limit short-term rentals

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How Pillow Is Reinventing The Short-Term Rental Space

A new short-term rental service wants to make things easier for building owners. San Francisco-based Pillow launched a new service today that provides an all-in-one platform for residents and owners to monitor short-term rentals at a property. Pillow Residential provides

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Issues That Cross State Lines: A Look at Condo Legislation Trends

When it comes to legislation and legal issues that apply to condo associations, co-ops, and other multifamily housing models, the focus is often local—city ordinances, council meetings, and so forth – but there are judgments handed down and bills passed

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Toronto Airbnb rules could be changing after city hall review

If you run an Airbnb in Toronto, or plan on staying at one, you’ll want to keep your eye on city hall today.  The city’s Municipal Licensing and Standards division is set to unveil new guidelines for the home-sharing industry

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Airbnb plays trump card straight into hands of NSW strata owners

As Airbnb ramps up its efforts to avoid being locked out of Sydney’s apartment buildings, through wall-to-wall advertising on the internet, TV and in print, it has produced its trump card ??? and it may play straight into the hands

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On your side: Vacation rental condo booking disasters

Summer break is here but before you plan your next vacation pay close attention before reserving.  Cozy vacation condos can make for a more homey getaway but customer service won’t likely mirror the on-site staff at a chain hotel.  Complaining

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Short-Term Rentals Not a Violation of Rules Against Business, Non-Residential Uses

In the case of Santa Monica Beach Property Owners Association v. David Acord, the association appealed a lower court’s order dismissing its action against the homeowners who rented their homes on a short-term basis. The association’s argument in both the

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Florida’s Newest Non-Native Invasion – Overnight Rentals

With little doubt, purchasing a home is one of the most significant investments you can make. In order to help protect that investment, many purchasers choose to buy homes within community associations that include homeowners’, cooperative and condominium associations. Behavior

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Condo associations, HOAs must take steps to address Airbnb short-term rentals

The issues created by short-term rentals facilitated by Airbnb and its competitors have been among the most pressing problem areas for condominium and homeowners associations during the past several years. While most community association governing documents prohibit short-term rentals, the

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Condo owner shocked her unit was being sublet on Airbnb

Even in Toronto’s tight rental market, Zenobia Omarali agreed to lower the rent for her tenant — the son of a former employee — when he moved into her spacious downtown loft two years ago.  And this past winter, when

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Court Ruling Delivers Setback to Community Associations Restricting Short Term Vacation Rentals (FL)

The regulation of vacation rentals continues to be a hot button issue as companies like Airbnb.com and Vrbo.com are taking their fight to Florida’s legislatures and courts in order to open up Florida markets to their share economy businesses.  The

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Netherlands: More Dutch homeowners associations ban Airbnb rentals

An increasing number of homeowners associations have problems with Airbnb rentals, according to umbrella organization VvE Belang. A number of recent court rulings indicated that Airbnb rentals are not allowed without the permission of the homeowners association, and more and

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City Files $1.2 Million Lawsuit to Shut Down “Airbnb Hotels” (NY)

As of last week, not a single violation had been levied in the city’s hotbed of illegal sublet listings – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and only two had been issued in the entire borough. The city has issued a total

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Airbnb in Condos: Focus on British Columbia

As in Ontario and many other jurisdictions, Airbnb and similar short-term leasing web-based services are big business in British Columbia. While some condo communities have embraced Airbnbs, requiring owners to provide guest information to the concierge and charging user fees

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3 ways condo boards can ban Airbnb rentals (IL)

Q:  I am a unit owner in a high-rise condominium off Michigan Avenue. Our condominium declaration does not contain any minimum lease term provisions, but like most condominium declarations, prohibits business uses in units.     Read the Q&A……………

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Vail records more than 1,400 unlicensed vacation rentals (CO)

Owners who use internet services to rent out their condos, townhomes and other units for short-term rentals are supposed to get Vail business and sales tax licenses. That isn’t happening.  As rent-by-owner services including Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner

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City to Crack Down Even Harder on Illegal Sublets (NY)

A week after it was revealed that lobbyists for the hotel industry helped push through new state laws against short-term sublets, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he plans to pump an extra $2.9 million into a citywide crackdown

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Montreal landlord fined more than $1K for condo listed on Airbnb without his knowledge

Montreal landlord Gerry Galiatsatos is joining a growing chorus of voices who say that Quebec’s law to regulate online home-sharing services such as Airbnb “is clearly not working.”  Galiatsatos was shocked to learn that his downtown condo, which he rents

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AirBnB’s popularity adds to short-term rentals debate in West Michigan

AirBnB, an online rental marketplace that has become a go-to place for those seeking vacation and business rentals, allows travelers to scan available homes for rent in specific areas and quickly book a time.  These AirBnB customers are asked to

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NSW to regulate Airbnb but promises greater powers for strata bodies

The New South Wales government looks set to allow home owners to rent out spare rooms and entire homes using Airbnb and similar sites but has committed to giving strata corporations greater powers to deal with problems in apartment blocks.

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Does your Community Association have sufficient protections in place for Short-Term Vacation Rentals?

With the rise in short-term rentals through popular sites like Airbnb, Inc. and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), homeowners and condominium associations face new challenges in policing owners who violate restrictions against short-term leasing. This is especially true in Florida

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Short-term rentals spark battle between Clearwater Beach condo owners, homeowner’s association

Crescent Beach Club is a waterfront condominium complex Clearwater Beach managed by Associa Gulf Coast. According to recent records, Joseph N. Joyce Jr. serves as the homeowner’s association president………Each of the five units has been offered as short-term vacation rentals.

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Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program has Strata managers concerned

A CONTROVERSIAL new program being proposed by Airbnb to increase transparency has NSW Strata managers concerned.  The Airbnb Friendly Buildings Program allows owners corporations to access details of the Airbnb lets in their buildings, place caps on the number of

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Condos find new way to crack down on owners who secretly rent units (FL)

At least three South Florida condo associations have found a novel way to put the brakes on owners who break the rules.  They are using a parking app to do it.  “We have implemented new technology to combat both Airbnb

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City of Vancouver sues to shut down Airbnb rental

The City of Vancouver has taken its battle with Airbnb to B.C. Supreme Court — petitioning to stop the nightly rental of a two-bedroom townhome in Fairview Slopes.  The lawsuit targets East West Investments, the company registered as the owner

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Strata body takes Airbnb battle to the top

THE fight to allow strata bodies to decide whether short-term letting is allowed in their buildings will take the next step this week as the Owners Corporation Network meets with representatives from Airbnb.  The OCN’s “Our Strata Community, Our Choice”

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